Guidebook

Yosemite National Park's Best Hikes: From Easy to Epic

Hike the very best trails in one of the most famous—and most popular—natural areas in the world: Yosemite National Park.

Description

Yosemite National Park is easily one of the most famous—and most popular—natural reserves of undeveloped land in the world. While the millions of visitors the park receives every year can seem daunting, when you do choose to brave the crowds you’ll find that if there’s any place in the world that lives up to the hype, it’s Yosemite.

"First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more,” writes the National Park Service. In addition, Yosemite is internationally famous for the towering granite cliffs that provide some of the very best rock climbing in the world. Even if you don’t rock climb, the views of the cliffs are absolutely incredible! And thankfully, you can still make it to the top of the most iconic mountain in the Yosemite Valley—Half Dome—without braving a technical climbing route. You’ll find the iconic Half Dome cables route in this guidebook.

With waterfall hikes, the climb to the top of Half Dome, hikes to other jaw-dropping viewpoints, multi-day backpacking trips, and even the John Muir Trail, this guidebook is chock full of incredible routes that will provide you with enough adventure to fill trip after trip to Yosemite!

Sources:
https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Half Dome Day Hike
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Half Dome Day Hike

Yosemite National Park
7 - 8 hrs
22.7 km
1,707 m
1,707 m
An exciting hike to the summit of one of North America's most iconic peaks.
Extreme
Private
Yosemite Falls Trail
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Yosemite Falls Trail

Yosemite National Park
3 - 4 hrs
9.3 km
945 m
945 m
Steep hike to the top of North America's tallest waterfall.
Difficult
Private
Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley
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Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park
6 - 7 hrs
25.2 km
841 m
2,106 m
Multi-day tour from the Sierra Nevada high country to the famous Valley in Yosemite National Park.
Difficult
Private
John Muir Trail
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John Muir Trail

Yosemite National Park
1 day +
342.0 km
12,861 m
11,537 m
Thru hike of the California’s Sierra Nevada, linking the most impressive alpine scenery from Yosemite National Park to Mount Whitney.
Difficult
Private
Bridalveil Fall Trail
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Bridalveil Fall Trail

Yosemite National Park
0 - 1 hrs
0.7 km
27 m
27 m
Paved trail to the base of a 620-foot waterfall.
Easy
Private
North Dome Loop
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North Dome Loop

Yosemite National Park
3 - 4 hrs
15.4 km
670 m
670 m
Forest hike to the rim of Yosemite Valley at one of its greatest viewpoints
Moderate
Private
Taft Point
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Taft Point

Yosemite National Park
0 - 1 hrs
3.8 km
137 m
137 m
A hike through the forest to a panoramic viewpoint over Yosemite Valley.
Easy
Private
Clouds Rest via Sunrise Lakes Trail
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Clouds Rest via Sunrise Lakes Trail

Yosemite National Park
4 - 5 hrs
18.8 km
973 m
973 m
Wilderness hike to one of the highest and most panoramic viewpoints in Yosemite National Park
Difficult
Private
Four Mile Trail – vom Glacier Point zum Yosemite Valley

Four Mile Trail – vom Glacier Point zum Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park
2 - 3 hrs
9.4 km
144 m
1,125 m
Hike from the Glacier Point down to the Yosemite Valley with panoramic views
Private
Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall Loop
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Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall Loop

Yosemite National Park
3 - 4 hrs
9.7 km
723 m
723 m
Connect two of Yosemite's great waterfalls in a concise but strenuous loop
Difficult
Private
Panorama Trail
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Panorama Trail

Yosemite National Park
3 - 4 hrs
13.4 km
269 m
1,235 m
Hike at the brink of a huge waterfall and along the precipitous rim of Yosemite Valley.
Difficult
Private
Cathedral Peak Mountaineer's Route
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Cathedral Peak Mountaineer's Route

Yosemite National Park
3 - 4 hrs
9.3 km
681 m
682 m
Hike and rock climb to one of the most impressive summits in Tuolumne Meadows.
Extreme
Private